January 11, 2010

The enemy of my enemy is....

Charlene noticed this post, and tried it herself with the same results. Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam – Why?:

Religion always causes a stir when it is debated, and Google seems to know it. Google is not taking a fair approach to the way that it handles searches for different religions.

When you search for the major religions of the world, the monotheistic faiths for example, Google serves up suggestions for the search "Christianity is" such as, "a lie," or false." Try it on a number of faiths, and then Islam.

Notice any difference?

Google is systematically blocking, it seems, all search suggestions for Islam. Why? To remove the chance of an adherent of the faith from being offended by a perhaps severe search suggestion? Why not treat all search terms equally?...

Why? Good question. My guess is that the people who run Google are just garden-variety Lefties, and have absorbed (without actually thinking, of course) the common Lefty position that "offending" Islam is a horrid thing, but other religions can and should be bashed. And my guess is that, on a deep level, the reason for this is that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Posted by John Weidner at January 11, 2010 6:42 AM
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